Writing in a piece for the local outlet, Kelly said: “Moving forward, Newcastle’s transfer policy is focused on quality rather than quantity, with players aged 25 and under who have experience of playing in multiple leagues preferred, but the Andy Carroll deal proves exceptions will be made with older players.”
Quality over quantity is all well and good as long as the players you have are of a high enough quality in the first place. There’s no point in bringing in one or two marquee signings a season if the core of your squad is rotten. At the moment, it’s hard to tell whether Newcastle’s is or not. On paper, at least, you would probably argue that they look a little bit better than they did last year. Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez left, of course, but in Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, it looks as if the Toon Army have go two worthy replacements. The other worry with this pledge is that it is basically a free pass for Mike Ashley to spend even less than he does now. By claiming that he is focussed on quality over quantity, the businessman is essentially saying that he’s buying less players, and given that quality is a subjective term, that is a concern.